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MMAUY
02-14-2008, 09:13 PM
I have been messing with photo shop long enough to were I am comfortable and I have done a few logos for some local real estate and lending companies. I would like to get into web design I have used free webs to design a few but I would like to start doing it professionally, my question is.

What does every good Web designer need?
Programs?
Website links that provide tools for designers and templates?
Hosting?
What to charge customers?
Are there any industry standards in web design?
I know practically nothing about html, are there any good sites that have a lot of info for beginners?

Id like to learn everything I can about this before I start offering this as a professional service.

Thanks everyone you guys are always helpful.

MDTechie
02-15-2008, 04:22 AM
I have expression studio, cost a penny or two but well worth it it also came with
expression design, media and blend. Its a well versed group of programs. I use it primarily for all my web design.

MMAUY
02-15-2008, 10:13 PM
I have expression studio, cost a penny or two but well worth it it also came with
expression design, media and blend. Its a well versed group of programs. I use it primarily for all my web design.

Wow that looks like a good program but I cant fork over 500+ dollars, I just downloaded NVU and got my hands on a copy of Dreamweaver is that a good start? for designs I have photoshop.

As far as hosting them on line to show clients goes what is the best way to do this?

What is an ideal fee for a basic 3-5 page website? $150-$250? does that sound Ideal? how about update fees?

Bryce W
02-16-2008, 02:11 AM
Photoshop and Dreamweaver are the industry standards, but they arent cheap.

As for hosting, a reseller package from someone like Hostgator (http://www.technibble.com/go/hostgator.php) is a good choice. Check out this article (http://www.technibble.com/how-to-become-a-web-host/) for more information on that.

As for payment, I wont even talk to my customers unless they are willing to pay at least $1000. There is alot more to the web development process than you think and there is alot more time involved than just the page creation time. I wrote an article about it here (http://www.technibble.com/web-development-for-clients/).

MMAUY
02-19-2008, 08:24 PM
Photoshop and Dreamweaver are the industry standards, but they arent cheap.

As for hosting, a reseller package from someone like Hostgator (http://www.technibble.com/go/hostgator.php) is a good choice. Check out this article (http://www.technibble.com/how-to-become-a-web-host/) for more information on that.

As for payment, I wont even talk to my customers unless they are willing to pay at least $1000. There is alot more to the web development process than you think and there is alot more time involved than just the page creation time. I wrote an article about it here (http://www.technibble.com/web-development-for-clients/).

Hey Bryce I checked out that hosting site, it looks good I'm thinking about going with the 12.95 a month deal 1,000 gigs of space and unlimited bandwith, how does it work? this is fairly new to me.

Leztek
02-20-2008, 02:21 AM
MMAUY...

If are planning to host a few sites, go with the reseller plan for 24.95 or something like that...

Each client gets their own control panels, plus the own domain email.

I just switched over... I already have two clients hosting at 14.95/mo, so anything from here on in is ching ching...

I am interested in the maint fees question too... Right now I am charging my normal hourly rate...

Lez...

MMAUY
02-20-2008, 03:44 AM
MMAUY...

If are planning to host a few sites, go with the reseller plan for 24.95 or something like that...

Each client gets their own control panels, plus the own domain email.

I just switched over... I already have two clients hosting at 14.95/mo, so anything from here on in is ching ching...

I am interested in the maint fees question too... Right now I am charging my normal hourly rate...

Lez...

Hey Leztek thanks for the info I just bought the Baby gator deal for 7.95 a month Im having a hard time with it its the first real hosting site ive dealt with xionwebdesign.com that is the domain I bought from go daddy, they have some real cool flash templates for download I downloaded a few I just cant figure out how to mod them on Dreamweaver, I will most likely upgrade to a reseller package when I get 1-2 clients.

Rabid_frog
02-21-2008, 05:10 AM
Just becarefull with hostgator and dont try to host multiple peopel on a single plan, its against the TOS, and also knowing some flah and php couldnt hurt

-will-

Bryce W
02-21-2008, 06:47 AM
Just becarefull with hostgator and dont try to host multiple peopel on a single plan, its against the TOS, and also knowing some flah and php couldnt hurt

-will-
That only applies when you only have a single account with them. What I (and the article) are referring to are the reseller accounts which allow you to have an unlimited amount of clients/sites/domains provided you have the space and bandwith quota for them.